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Germany showed tension with France.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai Photo Credit Guido Bergmann, Associated Press / May 16, 2012The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said NATO allied forces shouldn’t rush to leave Afghanistan. That showed tensions within NATO over France’s vow to leave by year’s end.

Allies in Afghanistan that entered the conflict should withdraw together and Germany will “resolutely defend” that stance, Merkel told reporters today at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Chicago.